What Does My Recipient Get?
Breaking down our plans for you.
Take a look at what your recipient will get with a VSP individual or family insurance plan:
- Great savings on eye exams
- A $150+ allowance toward glasses and/or contacts
- Top-quality lenses covered after an affordable copay
- Savings on optional lens enhancements (features like scratch resistance, anti-glare, no-line bifocal/trifocal, and light-to-dark tinting)
Enter your recipient’s zip code in the orange box to view plans in their area.
Whether they need basic glasses and simply want to save on their eye exam, or they want designer frames with multiple lens enhancements, we have your recipient covered. If you aren’t quite sure what they need, you can select a vision plan that lets them tailor their coverage once they’ve visited with their doctor.
Read the frequently asked questions below to learn more.
Q: WHY DOES MY RECIPIENT NEED A VISION INSURANCE PLAN?A:
They only get one set of eyes. A vision plan from VSP will help your recipient take care of them and save money at the same time. But vision insurance is more than that. Taking good care of their vision is important to their overall health. During their eye exam, the doctor can detect early signs of serious general health conditions so they can manage them before they become more difficult problems. This can include things like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Q: HOW DOES VSP INSURANCE WORK?A:
VSP is different than other types of insurance you might be used to. Take car insurance, for example — you hope you never have to use it. But with vision insurance, you actually want to use it because it will save you money on expenses you already know are coming. With VSP, your recipient will receive services at rates well below walk-in prices, and they don’t even need an ID card — any VSP doctor can access their plan coverage. All they have to do is make their appointment, get their exam, select their frames and lens options, and the doctor’s office will take care of the rest. They pay any copays or overage right there at the doctor’s office, and they’re done. It’s that simple. And don’t forget, they can use their Health Savings Account (HSA) for out-of-pocket costs at the doctor’s office. You can choose a vision insurance plan for individuals, or to cover them and a dependent, or to cover the whole family (children under 27 or disabled at any age). Each member gets the same great coverage.
Q: HOW MUCH MONEY WILL THEY SAVE WITH A VISION PLAN?A:
The money they’ll save depends on the plan you choose and the selections they make at the doctor’s office. The following chart shows a typical example of the savings they could enjoy. The more lens enhancements they opt for, the more they’ll save. Plus, they can add to their savings by using your Health Savings Account (HSA) for their copays and out-of-pocket costs.
Q: IS THEIR DOCTOR COVERED?A:
There’s a good chance their doctor is covered. Our provider network is the largest in the country, with more than 32,000 doctors to choose from.
Q: WHEN CAN THEY START USING THEIR VISION PLAN?A:
Once they’re enrolled in a plan, they can begin using their benefits in just five business days.
Q: WHAT FRAME BRANDS ARE COVERED WITH VSP VISION INSURANCE?A:
Whether they’re looking for classic frames or trendy styles, they’ll find the best selection of frames at their VSP doctor’s office. They can use their allowance toward any frame that their VSP doctor carries, and they’ll get an additional $20 to spend on any of our featured brands listed below:
- Anne Klein
- Calvin Klein Collection
- Calvin Klein
- Diane von Furstenberg
- G-STAR RAW
- JOE Joseph Abboud
- Joseph Abboud
- Karl Lagerfeld
- Nine West
- Otis & Piper
- Salvatore Ferragamo
- Sean John
- Sight for Students
- Tommy Bahama
- X Games
Q: WHAT TYPES OF LENS ENHANCEMENTS CAN THEY SAVE ON?A:
Our vision plans provide savings on many lens enhancements:
- Scratch-resistant coating – A clear coating that is less likely to scratch than uncoated lenses.
- Anti-glare (anti-reflective) coating – A coating that increases a lens’s light transmission. It also reduces the amount of light reflected from the lens surface and eliminates ghost images.
- Impact-resistant lenses – Lenses built from polycarbonate material, which is up to 10 times stronger than glass or plastic lenses.
- No-line bifocal (progressive) lenses – Progressive lenses are line-free, and their prescription strength gradually changes from distance, to intermediate, to near vision.
- Light-to-dark (photochromic adaptive) lenses – Light sensitive lenses that darken when exposed to sunlight and lighten when sun exposure is reduced.
- UV protection – A lens treatment that absorbs the harmful portion of UV light found in sunlight.
- High-index lenses – These thinner, lighter lenses are designed to improve comfort and attractiveness for those with high prescriptions.
Q: WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?A:
To speak with our award-winning customer service team, call 855-958-4746 and we’ll be happy to help you. Our service center is open Monday through Friday from 7a.m. to 7p.m. Central Time.
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“I wanted to share a good experience with my friend. VSP is the best vision plan on the market.”
“An eye appointment and contacts are very expensive. Young adults in college or with young children don’t have a lot of extra money. Proper eye care can get pushed aside in lieu of paying bills, and other family & financial demands. It is a gift I chose for my adult children so they don’t compromise their eye care for other responsibilities.”
– Susan Bracken, MO
“Our son needed new glasses and currently did not have an eye care plan due to being unemployed. He does amazingly detailed work creating toys, gifts and holiday decorations on a scroll saw for our home based company and was getting headaches and could not work for very long with his old glasses.”
– Linda Snow
“As a mother and knowing that my son does not have vision insurance, I felt it necessary to purchase the plan for him.”
– Sherrill Huddleston, CA
“I love my own VSP plan, originally came to VSP through an employer benefit, then when company changed vision plans, chose to purchase own VSP separately because it is superior to the one offered. Then went to VSP when my friend needed a vision plan.”
– Lissa Redshaw, FL
“My niece was raised by me and I know she has issue with her sight. I wanted to make sure she takes good care of her eyesight and since she’s a full-time student I wanted to pay for her insurance”
– Claudia Atherton, OR
“I have the plan through my employer, it is the best vision plan I have ever had. My partner needed new glasses and didn’t have vision insurance, so knowing how good the plan is, I purchased it for him. He now has new glasses and is seeing just fine again.”
– James Heath, VA
“Excellent vision plan; my son does not have vision insurance so I knew this would be a good gift for him.”
– Julie Orlando, FL
“Eye exams are expensive and my mother cannot afford what it cost. The insurance cut her cost in half which made my parents very happy.”
– Dorothy O’Brien, NM
“My nana needs transitions and no line bifocals which was costly for her in the past. I had such a good experience using my vsp from my employer, that I went to the site to see how to get individual insurance and found out about the gift program. Now she was able to get brand name frames that she loves, polarized transitions which were free, Hoya EX lens treatment for computers a big discount on her prescription! And I was able to surprise her with the gift on the day of her visit.”
– Sarah Ratliffe II, IL
“I prefer VSP and my husband needed insurance so I got it for him, giving it as a gift was the easiest way, and allowed me access rather then trying to have him set it up. He works long hours so I try to do things for him.”
– Heather Adams, AZ
“My husband and I have had VSP for years through his work. We love the insurance. My son wears glasses and buying them without insurance is expensive, so I got him a policy.”
– Judy Gray, AR
VSP is consumers' #1 choice in vision care.